Eskom will extend stage 2 load shedding from 09h000 on Tuesday morning (26 October) until 05h00 on Saturday, due to a shortage in generation capacity.
Earlier on Monday, Eskom laid out its load shedding forecast for the next 18 months, noting that it expects rolling blackouts to feature heavily in South Africa for the foreseeable future.
“While Eskom teams have successfully returned a unit each at the Kusile, Matimba and Amot power stations during the early hours of this morning, further delays in returning other units to service have exacerbated the capacity constraints, hampering the ability to replenish the emergency generation reserves,” it said in a statement on Tuesday (26 October).
Eskom said that it anticipates returning Koeberg 1 to service during the weekend. It also expects to return five other units to service during the week.
However, there are a number of generation units running with risk of failure that cannot be attended to currently, due to the current capacity constraints, it warned.
Total breakdowns amount to 13,333MW while planned maintenance is 5,548MW of capacity.
“Eskom would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused by the implementation of load-shedding, and requests the public to reduce the usage of electricity in order to help us through the constraints.”
Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from 09:00 on Tuesday until 05:00 on Saturday pic.twitter.com/CBYXQsyKAv
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) October 26, 2021
For people living in the major metros, load shedding schedules are available here:
- City of Johannesburg
- City of Ekurhuleni
- City of Tshwane
- City of Cape Town (PDF)
- Nelson Mandela Bay
- Buffalo City
For access to other load shedding schedules, Eskom has made them available on loadshedding.eskom.co.za.
Smartphone users can also download the app EskomSePush to receive push notifications when load shedding is implemented, as well as the times the area you are in will be off.